For the 4th of July, the Tokyo American Club decided to feature some of its organizers, using the American flag as a backdrop. For these portraits, an enormous flag was suspended first in a giant dining room of the American Club, and then in a badminton court! I found that, by back-lighting the flag, I was able to create a much nicer texture than by simply lighting it from in front. There is something magical about the American flag, the colors are very cheerful; and it almost seems that no matter what you juxtapose with the flag, an interesting visual relationship is established.
Written by Benjamin Parks
After finishing my photography studies at Dawson College in Montreal, Canada, I moved to Tokyo, Japan in 2005 and started doing commercial photography. Known for my ability to handle a wide variety of genres, my work ranges from portraits of business leaders, to advertising campaigns for major companies, to still-life photos. I've had three solo exhibitions in Tokyo, and my work has been featured in many publications, both Japanese and international.More about me